ASHTON SCORES FOR SARACENS
In a hard fought game between Saracens and Toulon at the Allianz Park, Chris Ashton had come off with an impressive performance, scoring the only try for Saracens, which saw them in a 10-3 win over their rivals.
With this victory, the Sarries have been able to book a home quarter-final in the European Champions Cup.
Ashton’s crucial blow came in the second half of the game, thus handing the lead and upper hand to Saracens. A few stunning last ditch tackles were made by both Michael Rhodes and Will Skelton which ensured that their victory was sealed.
The early period of the game mostly had Toulon in control and with the better part of the exchanges. However, Saracens was able to survive the onslaught, even going further to put some pressure on their opponents.
This spell went unrewarded. The scoring was finally opened on the half hour by the hosts, as Owen Farrell slotted a penalty over. This was after a high tackle on Tompkins by Toulon’s Duane Vermeulen, had seen him sent to the sin-bin.
Attempts by the hosts during the remainder of the first half, to take advantage of their extra man was all in vain, as they ended up unable to add any more points to their tally.
For the second period, the both defences continued to dominate the field. However, Saracens went all out, as Ashton scored the only try of the match – collecting a pass from Richard Wigglesworth and breaking through an opening in the opponents defence before touching down.
A long range penalty kick by Leigh Halfpenny was on ground to ensure that the visitors opened their scoring with ten minutes left on the clock. They kept on the pressure, but it was not enough to help them snatch the win from the hosts.